About Botaniko

Botaniko, Esperanto for botanical,  comprises 20  botanical artists living in and around Hobart, Tasmania. Most of its members have been, at one time or another, students of  one of Australia’s leading botanical artist, Lauren Black.  Botaniko was formed in 2014.

The aim of the group is to foster the enjoyment of  botanical art mainly through the medium of  graphite drawing, colour pencils and/or watercolour; to pursue projects of botanical significance within Tasmania, culminating in an exhibition; and to continue developing  skills through workshops with external artists. The members meet on a weekly basis from  February to early December, working on a variety of  individual and/or joint projects.

In 2014,  the group took on a project at the Port Arthur Historic site, depicting plants transported to the Port Arthur penal settlement, along with convicts, a commandant, officers and soldiers. The ensuing, very successful, exhibition, An Exotic Garden – Port Arthur: Unlocking the botanical journey,  was held in The Asylum at the Port Arthur Historic site in early 2015.

In 2015, some members collaborated with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) to depict  plants grown in the Reverend  Robert Knopwood’s kitchen garden. From 1804-1824, the garden was located on the land later occupied by Narryna in Battery Point, Hobart. The exhibition of these works was open to the public from early December 2015 to May 2016, at the  Narryna Heritage Museum,  in Battery Point, Hobart. It was subsequently on display in Kingston Linc throughout July 2016.

During 2016, Botaniko, by invitation,  returned to The Port Arthur Historic site to depict  some of the  plants of medicinal, culinary,  and industrial significance used by the early settlers  of the site in 1800’s. This exhibition is currently on display until the end of May 2017, at the Asylum, Port Arthur Historic site.

During 2017, most  Botaniko members will be working on a special project,  in association with the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Bicentenary,  painting some of the significant botanical specimens grown in the Gardens over the last 200 years. The works will be exhibited as part of the  RTBG  commemoration in 2018.

More projects are planned for 2018 and 2019.





Botaniko Art Group Membership

The group has been meeting since 2014 and has now reached maximum capacity, however, should we be able to accommodate more members in the future, notification will appear on this site.